Patient Safety is Our Number One Priority
The Patient Safety Act will dramatically improve patient safety in Massachusetts hospitals by setting a safe maximum limit on the number of patients assigned to a nurse at one time, while providing flexibility to hospitals to adjust nurses’ patient assignments based on specific patient needs.
Somerville News Weekly: THE HOUSE AND SENATE. There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call begins are three-part series that looks at the three ballot questions that will be on the November 6 ballot. First up: Question 1.
Question 1 asks voters if they approve of a proposed law that would “limit how many patients could be assigned to each registered nurse in Massachusetts hospitals and certain other healthcare facilities. The maximum number of patients per registered nurse would vary by type of unit and level of care.”
Press Release: RNs for Question 1 share thousands of official reports detailing situations when excessive patient loads posed a “Serious Threat to the Safety of My Patients” and executives failed to provide any help
Abington Mariner: According to Donna Dudik, a Nov. 6 ballot measure that proposes a limit on the amount of patients assigned to a hospital nurse in Massachusetts is “badly needed.”
“I have been a nurse for 35 years,” said Durdik, a Weymouth resident and nurse during a rally for the initiative outside South Shore Hospital, Thursday. “I work out of Boston Medical Center. I see so many nurses who are swamped with having to take care of so many patients safely.”
CapeCod.com: Officials from the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) teamed up with a group of about ten Registered Nurses employed at Cape Cod Hospital on Tuesday as part of the patient safety advocates “Truth Tour”, a campaign backed by MNA to raise public support for implementing the proposed Safe Patient Limits bill.